Global carbon dioxide emissions rose 3 percent to 34 billion tonnes in 2011, undermining the goal to limit the rise in global average temperatures to 2C above industrial levels by 2050, according to a new report published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
According to the report, nations cannot emit more than 1.500 trillion tonnes of CO2 between 2000 and 2050 to meet the threshold recommended by a U.N. panel on climate change (IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
The study said 420 million metric tons (463 million tons) have already been pumped into the atmosphere since the turn of the century.
The EU accounts for 11 percent, India 6 percent, Russia 5 percent and Japan 4 percent. The U.S. represents 16 percent of total global emissions.
China's emissions increased 9 percent to reach a total of 9.7 billion tonnes. China surpassed the U.S. as the world's biggest of emitter of carbon dioxide in 2009, and now represents 29 percent of global emissions. Soaring emissions in China, the world's second biggest economy, means the country's per capita emissions now have reached 7.2 tonnes, higher than EU nations such as France, Italy and Spain.
Beijing has set itself a target of reducing its CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 40-45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, but its rapid economic growth means the country's emissions continue to skyrocket in absolute terms.
However, Australia remains the world's biggest emitter of CO2 emissions per capita among major nations at 19 tonnes, followed by the U.S. at 17.3 tonnes and Saudi Arabia at 16.5.
You can read the report here.
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